The aim of the RS curriculum at Budehaven Community School is to expand pupils’ knowledge of the world’s diversity and open their minds to the different values, ideas and cultures around them. Questions are encouraged above all things, as curiosity and passion underpin everything we achieve in RE at KS3 and GCSE at KS4 during years 10 and 11. The KS3 RE curriculum is largely informed by Cornwall’s SACRE’s Local Agreed Syllabus, and we hope to approach topics in ways that engage pupils whilst developing essential empathetic, problem solving and academic skills.
At KS4, pupils discover more about the intricacies of Christianity and Buddhism as well as a variety of themed studies through the rigorous AQA Religious Studies GCSE programme. These choices of religion and theme allow pupils to explore the practical applications of religion such as ethics surrounding relationships & families, questions about the existence of God, peace & conflict and the nature of life. These selections permit pupils to prepare for a vast assortment of careers including law, healthcare, civil service, social work and journalism or further study of Religious Studies at A Level, degree level and beyond.
Our curriculum journey begins in RE with solid factual foundations within the major world religions, before building upon these roots by tackling a wide variety of ethical topic explorations. Ethical debates and deep thinking continues throughout KS3, preparing pupils for GCSE or for decision making and moral choices in the wider world if their interests lie outside of religious and cultural study.